The best way to keep your pet safe from coyote and raccoon attacks is to keep them in a cool, dark place, according to a new report from the Humane Society of the United States.
“You should keep them isolated from the outside world and keep them well-fed,” the report states.
“Coyotes are more active in areas where there is a lot of vegetation, and are more likely to approach pets.
They are also more active when they are feeding on small animals, especially birds.”
Coyote sightings in California are down about 25 percent from the previous year, according a California Department of Fish and Wildlife statement.
This year, the California Department says coyotes are down by 80 percent in the Golden State.
Coyoting dogs are more common than other dog breeds, the report notes, with the average reported sighting in 2015 being 1,944.
The report also notes that a dog can be more likely than a cat or a cat- or dog-type animal to be a threat to people and pets.
According to the report, if a dog is caught by a coyote, it’s more likely that they’ll run away.
“Coyot bites are the most common, followed by dog bites, but there are also coyote bites on humans and pets,” the Humane Socue reports.
“A coyote can be a dangerous dog to have around, especially if it has a tendency to jump on people and chase them.”
The report also points out that while coyotes can be aggressive to humans and dogs, there are ways to reduce the risk.
If you have questions about how to keep coyotes from being a danger to you or your pets, contact the Humane Service at 1-800-222-8255.